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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Ministries of planning and finance working to amend national minimum wage

It would appear that the ministries of planning and finance are in fact working to amend the national minimum wage and increase it from its current EGP 1,200 a month, sources with knowledge of the matter tell Al Masry Al Youm. The ministries are currently conducting studies to determine the extent of the raise and assess its impact on the state budget. It’s unclear when studies will conclude, but any decision on the matter will affect both the public and private sectors. This news comes one day after Manpower Minister Mohamed Saafan said his ministry was considering imposing a monthly minimum wage of EGP 2,000 on the private sector. House Manpower Committee Chair Maraghy El Gebaly said, however, questioned the legality of imposing separate private- and public-sector minimum wages. Maraghy said he had pushed for a revision of the current minimum wage but has yet to hear back from the government.

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